A Lighter Yoke for the Unbearable Weight of Depression

by Dr. Pamela Prince Pyle It was an ordinary office. The couches and chairs well worn by the patients who came before me. The therapist said, “Take a seat, anywhere you would like.” My physician mindset thought, “I imagine my choice of chair or couch are already giving insight to this…

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Grace to Embrace the New: Guest Post by Amy Joob

            Are you in a shifting season and a time of transition?  If your life is anything like mine right now, I am experiencing a myriad of changes all at once. Some of them are positive and exciting and others are painful and challenging. I am learning to live day by…

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Freedom to Keep "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1, NIV). Soldiers of freedom's cause bled into the earth upon which we've founded our nation. The principles of honoring all…

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Undefeated by Darkness

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God ... In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:1,4-5, NIV). Clouds obscured the sun and marred the late spring daylight…

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5 Promises to Bring Hope in Uncertain Times

by Grace Fox To say the last year has been challenging is an understatement. The pandemic grounded me and my husband—the director of a mission sending agency—from our usual international ministry travels. It left me unemployed by banning large gatherings, thus canceling my speaking invitations to women’s retreats and conferences. It…

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Crowned from Brokenness: Secrets the Iris Taught Me

A few hundred writers had gathered to pursue their calling on a smoky North Carolina mountaintop. Sunned by worship and swathed in the dewy atmosphere of prayer, an iris raised her amethyst head near the summit stairway.She wore her crown of petals as a hard-won accomplishment. The iris began her journey…

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Love Isn’t for Romantics

I'll be sending love to my husband from a distance this Valentine's Day. He has an extended business trip for which I cannot join him due to my own commitments. So our embraces will remain spiritual, stretching from the mountains to the oceanside. Our thoughts and wishes will not touch more than…

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3 Secrets to Facing Change with Strength

An army of pines surround my home. Towering a hundred feet over our moat of grass, they toss their needled heads against the passing clouds. Howling gales bend their pulpy extremities to brush against one another. Sleet pelts through their branches and slaps their trunks. Should any one of these elderly…

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Believing the Invisible
Believing the Invisible

Believing the Invisible

“'I am the Lord’s servant,' Mary answered. 'May your word to me be fulfilled.' ... and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In a loud voice she exclaimed: '... Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!'” (Luke 1:38.41-44). I once heard a call…

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